Minor League Report. Judge Homers on Rehab for SWB. Deivi Garcia shines for Trenton.


AAA: SWB (40-28) won 8-4. Rehabbing RF Aaron Judge 1 for 2, solo HR, 2 walks, strikeout.  It’ll be a tough decision who goes when Judge returns soon.

1B Mike Ford (.320-16-38) solo HR. CF Mike Tauchman 3-run HR. C Kyle Higashioka solo HR). (Ford, Tauchman and Higashioka all homered in the first inning, Tauchman and Higashioka going back-to-back). SS Tyler Wade 2 hits. 2B Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

As mentioned in the other post, with Voit, Encarnacion, Ford here, and Gittens (AA), Greg Bird is finding himself squeezed out. Heck, former major leaguer Logan Morrison, here at AAA SWB, HIMSELF is squeezed out.

Randall Delgado 3 R in 6 IP for the win.

AA: Trenton (38-27) won 6-0 on a 2-hit shutout. Wait until you see the numbers Deivi Garcia put up. 1B Chis Gittens (see mention above) 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI.

Ok, ready for the numbers for the 20 year old Garcia, who the Yanks are VERY HIGH on?

Garcia (W, 3-2, 3.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 15 K.  


Combined with 3 relievers, Trenton struck out 19.

High A: Tampa (29-39 overall) split. They lost the completion of Monday’s suspended game, 6-4 in 10 innings. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits. 1B Dermis Garcia 3 hits, RBI.

They won the regularly scheduled game, 6-5, getting six in the top of the seventh and last inning (if DH, minors go only 7 innings). DH Florial 2 RBI. 1B Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston off, because the South Atlantic League had their all-star game. Charleston’s Division, the South, lost 6-2.

Charleston players: PH/LF Brandon Lockridge 1 for 2, 2 -run PH HR for the South’s only runs.

PH/DH Mickey Gasper 0 for 2.  LF Canaan Smith 1 for 2.

Not a good night for one of the pitchers.

P Alexander Vizcaino (L, BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.



Game 72. Maybin homers in fourth straight game as Yanks win 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s a good thing Tanaka threw a complete game Monday, because the bullpen was needed Tuesday night.

Although he got the win, J.A. Happ only went the minimum five innings, and four relievers were needed to close out the Yanks (45-27) 6-3 win over Tampa Bay. It is the Yanks’ fourth consecutive victory.

The win puts the Yanks 2 1/2 up on the Rays in the AL East. Boston lost in 17 innings, so the Red Sox are 6 1/2 back.

Cameron Maybin (a most difficult decision when Judge comes back, what do the Yanks do?) homered for the fourth consecutive game, and Edwin Encarnacion got his first Yankees’ HR in the win.

The Yanks scored in the bottom of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled, Luke Voit walked, Aaron Hicks grounded into a force out and LeMahieu scored on a SF by Gary Sanchez.

Happ gave up a run in the second inning and another in the third and the Rays had a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth, the Yanks scored three runs to go up 4-2. With one out, Gleyber Torres singled, and Maybin singled Torres to second. LeMahieu singled to tie the game, and Voit’s single put the Yanks up 3-2. After Hicks struck out for out number two, Sanchez’ single made it 4-2.

Tommy Kahnle gave up a HR in the seventh and the Yanks’ lead was cut to 4-3.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Maybin homered (5) to make it 5-3, and in the bottom of the eighth, Encarnacion’s 22nd HR (and first as a Yankee) made it 6-3.

The Yanks have an afternoon game today.

In seeing Voit’s success and the acquisition of Encarnacion, not to mention how well Mike Ford is doing at AAA and Chris Gittens at AA, there is a glut of 1B/DH, and you wonder where Greg Bird even fits in now, if at all.

I do wonder why Hicks (.204, hasn’t got it going yet since coming off the IL) is still batting third.

In a forerunner of what is probably to come, Stanton was removed for defense (Gardner) late in the game.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI (.313)
Voit 3 for 3 w/a walk, RBI
Sanchez 2 RBI
Encarnacion solo HR (22, first as a Yankee)
Maybin 3 hits, solo HR (5, has homered in four straight games) (.315)

As mentioned, when Judge comes back, how can you just DFA Maybin? Tough call.

Happ (W, 7-3, 4.59) 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Ottavino (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.69
Kahnle (H, 13) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.   2.93
Britton (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.67
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.30






Minor League Report. All off except for Tampa, whose game was suspended.


AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa (28-38) had their game suspended in the top of the fifth with Tampa leading 4-1. The game marks the beginning of the second half of the season (the Florida State League, among others, plays a split-season).

Low A: Charleston off.

Game 71. Tanaka dominates Rays with CG, 2-hit shutout.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The best Yankees’ pitching performance of the year, so far.

You can argue the best pitching performance in over 16 years.

In an age where you almost never see complete games anymore, Masahiro Tanaka threw a complete game, 2-hit, 10-strikeout gem in beating Tampa Bay 3-0 last night.

According to YES (and I looked it up on baseballreference.com, too), it’s the first time a Yankee pitcher threw a complete game where that pitcher gave up two hits or less with 10 or more strikeouts since Mike Mussina threw a two-hit shutout, striking out 12, against Tampa Bay on September 24, 2002.

And yes, in the seventh and eighth innings, I was hollering at the TV for Aaron Boone to keep Tanaka in there. Tanaka was that dominating, and hey, if he was still mowing them down, and his pitch count wasn’t too high, why not give the bullpen a rest?

In the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu hit a 2-run HR (8) to put the Yanks up 2-0.

In the fifth, Cameron Maybin homered (4) for the third straight game to put the Yanks up 3-0, and that was all the scoring in the game.

LeMahieu 2-run HR (8) (.311)
Maybin 3 for 3, solo HR (4)

Tanaka (W, 5-5, 3.23) 9 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 10 K.

Stanton comes off the IL today. Mike Tauchman is expected to be sent down.

With the win, the Yanks (44-27) won their third in a row, and opened up a 1 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. Boston, who has won six in a row, is 5 1/2 back.

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (39-28) won 7-3. On rehab, RF Aaron Judge 1 for 4, RBI, struck out twice. DH Giancarlo Stanton 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts.

SS Tyler Wade 2 hits. C Eric Kratz 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2 HR, a solo shot and a 3-run shot.

Four SWB pitchers combined for 15 K. J.P. Feyereisen (5-0, 2.48) with 2 scoreless IP.

AA: Trenton (37-27) won 4-3. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits, RBI. LF/RF Ben Ruta 2-run HR. 3B Mandy Alvarez a solo HR.

High A: Tampa off, Florida State League All-Star Break.

Low A: Charleston (37-33) a 2-1 win. C Anthony Seigler, last year’s first round draft pick, 2 hits, RBI. DH Canaan Smith 2 hits. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits.

Luis Gil 5 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K.  1.81
Tanner Myatt (W, 1-1, 1.64) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Daniel Bies (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.62

Game 70. Yanks prepare for big week with 10-3 win. Send down Frazier.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (43-27) beat the Chicago White Sox 10-3 on Sunday, and it’s funny, because some players expected to get less playing time what with the acquisition of Encarnacion, as well as the arrivals off the DL (I still call it the DL) of Stanton (Tuesday) and Judge (soon) are the ones who performed well today.

The Yanks kept their 1/2 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. They now have three games at home vs. the Rays, followed by four at home vs. the Houston Astros. This will be a tough and interesting week.

After the game, the Yanks sent Clint Frazier down to the minors to make room for Encarnacion. A tough call, since Frazier is hitting .283 with 11 HR. Of course his defense hPaas been brutal.

As much as I like the kid’s bat, I feel as if Frazier going down isn’t only so he can play every day. I also feel that he soon is going to be the centerpiece in a major trade in which the Yanks acquire a top-notch starter. Just a gut feeling, but I feel the Encarnacion pickup is kind of like a chess move, where you make one major move before the one that becomes checkmate.

As for the game, nice to see a decent outing from James Paxton, who was struggling a bit lately.

He did give up a first inning HR, but the Yanks bounced back with five in the third to go up 5-1.

Cameron Maybin, who will see less playing time or maybe even be let go when Judge and Stanton come back, led off the third with a single but was caught stealing. D.J. LeMahieu then singled and Luke Voit walked. Gleyber Torres walked to load the bases. After Frazier flied out, advancing no one, Brett Gardner (another who will see less time) drove in two with a single, Gio Urshela (yet another) singled in a run, and then Mike Tauchman walked to reload the bases. Austin Romine (who came into the game hitting just .194) singled in two runs to make it 5-1.

The Yanks got two in the fifth. Gardner was HBP and Urshela doubled him to third. After an out, Romine doubled in two runs to make it 7-1, Yankees. Chicago scored in the bottom of the fifth to cut it to 7-2.

With one out in the sixth, Torres walked, Frazier singled him to third, and Gardner drove in Torres with an RBI forceout. 8-2.

Maybin hit a solo HR (3) in the seventh to make it 9-2.

A single by Torres, groundout by Frazier that moved the runner up, and RBI single by Gardner made in 10-2 in the eighth.

The White Sox got a run in the eighth, 10-3, the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .312
Gardner 2 hits, 4 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI  .306
Romine 2 hits, 4 RBI
Maybin 2 hits, solo HR (3)

Paxton (W, 4-3, 3.93) 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.74
Hale 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.60 Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.76




Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (38-28) lost 2-0. Rehabbing DH Aaron Judge 0 for 4. Rehabbing LF (which is where he’ll go with Yankees now that Yankees got Encarnacion) Giancarlo Stanton 0 for 4, with 3 strikeouts. SWB got just 2 hits in the game.

R. Espinal (L, 3-5, 4.94) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K
Tarpley 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  Gave up HR.  1.80 at AAA

AA: Trenton (36-27) lost 9-4. RF Ben Ruta 2 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, solo HR. LF Zach Zehner 3 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR.   1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits.

High A: Tampa off, since the Florida State League had their All-Star Game, the South beating the North, 2-0. Tampa players Isiah Gilliam (RF) 1 for 4, 1B Dermis Garcia 1 for 4, and those were two of the three hits the North had. C Jason Lopez was 0 for 1 with a walk, and Braden Bristo pitched one inning, giving up a run on a HR.

Low A: Charleston (36-33) lost 5-1.